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Adventures Afloat: The Best of Croatia: A Coastal Voyage by Yacht

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Program #20118RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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Susan from Vancouver, WA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 10/11/14 - 10/23/14
You won't be disappointed by any aspect of this Aegean adventure. If you're like the 26 of us who just returned, you'll wish you never had to disembark.

Marilyn from Austin, TX Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 10/04/14 - 10/16/14
If you have dreamed of sailing the Dalmatian coast in a sleek, beautiful yacht, this trip is for you. The "Futura" was an amazing vessel and was a head-turner in every port we visited. Our guide, Spomenka, was great! And too, the crew of the "Futura." Plus having congenial co-travelers made this a really special trip.

Carol from Jacksonville, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/22/14 - 06/03/14
The Croatia trip was FAR beyond my expectations! It was my first Road Scholar excursion, and I intend to make many more. The value for the money cannot be beat, and the competence of our instructor was astounding. Very efficient use of time, well-balanced activities, in-depth experience. I am recommending this tour to all my friends!

Marcia from Forestburgh, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/29/14 - 06/10/14
My first Road Scholar trip and I loved it. Congenial, fun,interesting people; our tour guide, Mirella was top notch, MS Barbara ship and crew superb, food delicious, islands beautiful, weather perfect. Marcia from Forestburgh, NY

Joyce from Ames, IA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/29/14 - 06/10/14
The trip was well planned and a great experience. The coastline is very beautiful and we had wonderful weather. Our tour group was filled with interesting and congenial people who all seemed to be on a quest for knowledge. The accommodations on the ship were quite good, the crew great, and our guide wonderful.

Clayton from London, NA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 05/29/14 - 06/10/14
This program is absolutely top notch. The group leader was exceptional, and the MSY Barbara was a joy to sail around the beautiful Adriatic Croatian islands.

Robyn from Winston Salem, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/22/14 - 06/03/14
Sunny days in a beautiful country with wonderful guides. This is a grand trip which I highly recommend.Our main suggestion for improvement would be to eliminate the last 2 nights in the Hotel President and to work the key events into a 9 night format and price accordingly.

Albert from Winston Salem, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/22/14 - 06/03/14
The Croatia Dalmatia Coast sailing trip is a delight and wonderful learning experience as well. We had a marvelous leader, Alan, and excellent local guides. 11 sunny days also made the trip a wonder--the coast is so beautiful, absolute turquoise waters, beautiful towns with so much history, well-explained. We learned so much about the various periods, and have an understanding of the Yugoslavia period and break up with war. Another example of trying to impose the culture and reign of one group over another. The 2 home visits--to the family and to the priest for tour and lunch were truly highlights. The only major change we would suggest, as would many in our group, was the elimination of the last 2 days in a hotel in Split--it is an after the fact slow down after finishing the cruise and the tours--it was a good time to end the tour on the highest note of the wonderful farewell party on the sailboat--a little readjustment there is needed.

Joyce from Hyde Park, UT Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/15/14 - 05/27/14
The only way to see Croatia and its fabulous islands is from a small ship. The crew was uniformly helpful and nice. Split was an unanticipated highlight and actually trumped Dubrovnik as a living but antique city. Marela, our tour leader, provided exceptional leadership and educational guidance.

Carol from Greensboro, GA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/01/14 - 05/13/14
If you like small ships like the HMS Barbara, want to broaden your view of the world, desire to learn about other cultures, enjoy different musical venues from Croatia, keep active by walking each day, enjoy the healthy Mediterranean food, then you would love this program!

Pat from Wever, IA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 05/08/14 - 05/20/14
The Best of Croatia: A Coastal Voyage by Yacht met and exceeded expectations. Croatia is a beautiful country, that is not yet overrun by tourists. Our tour director Alen turned a potentially disappointing problem into a delightful unplanned day trip to Mostar, Bosnia. Uncharacteristic windy weather for May forced us to forgo Hvar and Stari Grad because it was unsafe for the yacht to dock at those ports. We instead spent two nights docked at Gradec on the mainland. Many of us agreed that the Bosnia trip was a treat and should be incorporated in future schedules.

Ashley from Flowery Branch, GA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/15/14 - 05/27/14
Just completed our Croatia by Yacht tour (May 16th through 27th, 2014). The tour exceeded our expectations—did not know beforehand how beautiful Croatia was, now we would love to live there; had never done a small boat (yacht) tour before, now we loved the small group nature of the trip and the private, yet comfortable accommodations aboard the Barbara; our tour guide, Mirela, was outstanding—knowledgeable, personable and caring—we became good friends by the end; got to know all our fellow travelers well by the end of the tour and are happy to count each and every one of them a friend. Thank you Road Scholar! Marie and Ashley Shemain

Brenda from Peace River, AB Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/08/14 - 05/20/14
The Best of Croatia: A Coastal Voyage By Yacht provides a rich learning experience and a chance to meet new and interesting people. It also offers good food, good times and a nonstop view of the beautiful eastern coast of the Adriatic.

Joan from Kanata, ON Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/15/14 - 05/27/14
If you want a tour which can be as leisurely or as intense as you like, this is the one for you. Seeing a country from the sea, much as the early explorers did, gives a unique insight into historical events and timelines. The excellent guided tours and lectures are well balanced with personal time for exploration and sampling of the local culture and cuisine. We learned a great deal about Croatia and other Balkan countries and now have a better understanding of both historical and recent events in the region. We look forward to taking another Road Scholar tour in the near future.

Miriam from Ashland, VA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/05/14 - 04/17/14
Beautiful country, wonderful food, sailing on a small nicely appointed yacht, small intimate group, and a great tour guide all combined with a learning experience.

Ann from Seattle, WA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 04/19/14 - 05/01/14
Many of the places I visited in 1967 (when I caught a ride to Dubrovnik from the youth hostel in Venice) are still there and spruced up. The war damage from the '90s is largely patched up. Our tour leader was very knowledgeable and quite willing to share her knowledge. And the yacht was beautiful! Do it!!

Kathryn from Orinda, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/05/14 - 04/17/14
Croatia by Yacht is a delightful program. Beautiful medieval towns on the clear, blue Adriatic coast. Picturesque and extremely informative.

Elaine from Marblehead, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/19/13 - 10/31/13
Croatia is a beautiful country with gorgeous scenery, wonderful food and warm, welcoming people. Enjoying it from the comfort of a private yacht, cruising along the scenic coast, made it even more relaxing. I learned so much about a place I formerly knew little, was so pleasantly surprised about the cleanliness, the beauty of each place we visited, swimming in the warm Adriatic at the end of October! Loved the ease of having everything taken care of by Road Scholar and our excellent group leader, Matija. Can't wait to go back to Croatia and can't wait to go on another Road Scholar program!

Earl from Morgantown, WV Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/19/13 - 10/31/13
Croatia by Yacht was fantastic. I would HIGHLY recommend this adventure. Two major reasons for the success were the GREAT group leader, Matija Radic; and the captain and the crew of the Futura. Exploring the vast history and the cultures of the Dalmation Coast and its people was so educational. A photographer's dream. The trip exceeded all of my expectations.

Karen from Mount Pleasant, WI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/10/13 - 10/22/13
Absolutely the best way to experience and appreciate the rich history and life of the Dalmation Coast!

Teresa from Addison, TX Number of programs attended: 31
Date attended: 10/03/13 - 10/15/13
Croatia can crow justly about the Adriatic jewels it has to offer along its island-dotted coast, and seeing them from the M/S Barbara, the 41-meter yacht that is home during the week's sail from island to island, is just about the perfect way to go. Our only discomfort arose from the dicey weather that afflicted us off and on during the week and forced us into a safe harbor on an island that was originally not on our itinerary. But that island, Sipan, proved to be a hit precisely because it was not as touristed or developed the others we saw. That detour and the weather did not, however, deter us from making stops in all the towns and villages anticipated, from Split, to Trogir, to Hvar, to Korcula, to Mjlet National Park, each more fascinating than the last. And our final port of Dubrovnik lived up to its billing as the best saved for last. Even though we had to disembark in Dubrovnik, our adventuring was not at an end since we continued on for another two days overland by bus to Montenegro where we had a fabulous seaside resort, and got to visit the UNESCO protected Kotor medieval city. This is one Adventure Abroad that definitely merits its hype!

Sarah from Silver Spring, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/19/13 - 10/31/13
This is a wonderful program. The Futura, our yacht, was spacious and comfortable, the food first rate, the tours at each of our stops educational and fun. Our tour guide, Matai, was most knowledgeable and we all enjoyed his lectures. We were fortunate in having ideal weather - sunshine and seventies, and several times we had the opportunity to swim in the Adriatic Sea. The Dalmatian Coast is just beautiful.

Katherine from Minneapolis, MN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/17/13 - 10/29/13
Croatia by Yacht: the Islands and People of the Dalmatian Coast was absolutely beautiful in October!

Harriet from Cincinnati, OH Number of programs attended: 29
Date attended: 09/26/13 - 10/08/13
This was an outstanding trip. We had terrific weather and that always helps! Great group leader and lecturers and guides. The ship was delightful.

Dennis from Sunriver, OR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/26/13 - 10/08/13
The Dalmation Coast is best experienced by this trip on a beautiful small yacht.

Ann from Charleston, SC Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 09/19/13 - 10/01/13
Fabulous study tour to a fascinating country on a luxurious yacht with interesting people! What more could you want! One of the best RS trips I have taken over the past 10 years.

Joy from Stevensville, MI Number of programs attended: 30
Date attended: 09/19/13 - 10/01/13
If you can't find Yugoslavia on the map, this might be the program for you. Our guide, Mirela, led us through the complicated history of this former federation. I'm sure she laughed a lot at our attempt to pronounce Croatian words. This was a very enjoyable trip that included ancient palaces, castles, national parks, and spectacular islands and coastline and a very comfortable ship.

James from Wenatchee, WA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 05/09/13 - 05/21/13
We have been on several Road Scholar trips but this one for me was tops. The yacht was enjoyable and adventurous, with its small size we got to know our fellow travelers quickly. Our guide Matija Radic was our best guide ever. Croatia is a beautiful country, its history fascinating, the Dalmatian coast and islands absolutely beautiful and the Croatian people warm and friendly. This trip will be hard to beat.

Sylva from Champaign, IL Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 04/25/13 - 05/07/13
I highly recommend this trip to anyone who is willing to fully experience a different part of today's world as well the oldest history. The ship, staff, guides were all exceptional.

Sharon from Petaluma, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/09/13 - 05/21/13
My husband and I have just returned from a fabulous Road Scholar cruise along the Dalmatian coast. I cannot believe how smoothly everything went -- the tour guide, Matija Radic, was extremely well informed and went well beyond expectations. I really can think of nothing that could have been improved and am already looking through the Road Scholar catalog to choose our next program! Many thanks, Road Scholar: keep up the great work!

Frank from Lexington, KY Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 05/09/13 - 05/21/13
Croatia by Yacht and the Extension: Croatia's Capital and Beautiful Lakes These tours were exceptional and far exceeded expectations from start to finish. The tour leader was amazing and doing the islands by small yacht is by far the best way. I had been told years ago by a colleague who lived in the former Yugoslavia that the seacoast of his country was very beautiful and historic --now that I have experienced it, I cannot agree more. Road Scholar has produced a real gem with these tours .

Paul from Petaluma, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/09/13 - 05/21/13
This was a thoroughly delightful program. Two highlights I would single out: the experience of traveling on the yacht Barbara; and our superb Group Leader, Matija.

Gail from Kennett Square, PA Number of programs attended: 22
Date attended: 04/25/13 - 05/07/13
This is a very interesting place to visit. The tour was wonderful as was the extension. The size of the group was good - 26. The ship was beautiful, comfortable and a joy on which to travel. I recommend this program.

Claudia from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/04/12 - 10/15/12
The trip was wonderful with a fantastic leader and great guides and crew. We learned so much about the history and culture of the country and really enjoyed our fellow passengers. Highly recommend this program.

Judith from Nashua, NH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/04/12 - 10/15/12
Fantastic sites visited. Great guides. Great ship and staff. Too many meals on board (while in port). Trip to Herceg Novi on Split to Dubrovnik run not worth the time and effort - stay in Dubrovnik another day. Not enough time under sail versus motoring - but this could be weather driven/time issue on my trip. Anticipate group size more toward max capacity than less.


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